Can you go without your phone for 10 minutes to help give a child clean water for a day?


Whilst browsing Facebook I came across a very interesting post and had to find out more.

The post read “Ditch your phone for a little while, and help UNICEF provide clean drinking water! This is pretty much the easiest way ever to give back”. Of course that got me intrigued as I am never without my phone (it’s a really bad habit) and I would love to be able to help UNICEF provide clean drinking water.

I clicked the link to find out more and was taken to the UNICEF Tap Project website. The Tap Project has been running since 2007 and is a challenge to see how long you can go without your mobile phone. For every 10 minutes you can go without your phone the project sponsors and supporters Giorgio Armani Fragrances and  UNICEF’s Next Generation will make a donation that will help UNICEF provide one day of clean water for a child in need.

The fact on the photograph above speaks volumes. ‘More people have access to a mobile phone than a toilet’, I was shocked by this fact and it really got me thinking. It’s heartbreaking to think there are millions of children who have to walk miles each day to collect water, water that is teeming with bacteria and could possibly kill them but they have no choice. Every 21 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness. It’s heartbreaking.

When you consider the conditions that people are living in with no access to clean water 10 minutes without your phone is nothing in comparison. Even if you can only be without your phone for 10 minutes you can help make a difference!

You can take part in 3 easy steps.

  1. On your phone go to
  2. Accept the challenge and leave your phone on a flat surface
  3. See how long you can go without your phone

When the app is running it will bring up facts about UNICEF’s work, water facts and facts about the app. The clever app senses motion so when the phone is moved the app will stop, if you accidentally knock the phone don’t worry you have 10 seconds to lay it flat and keep it still before the app stops.

I have set myself a goal of going without my phone for 24 hours between now and the end of the project which is on the 22nd of March. I have listed below some times and what that time could mean in terms of support.

  • 30 minutes away from your phone is enough funding for 11 water purification tablets giving clean water to children in need.
  • 80 minutes is enough funding for 2 oral rehydration packets for a child in need.
  • 170 minutes is enough funding to protect up to 15 children from worm infestations.
  • 400 minutes is enough funding for 10 packets of oral rehydration salts.

Whether you can spend 10 minutes or 10 hours away from your phone it will help UNICEF continue doing the fantastic work they do all over the world. You can find out more about the Tap Project here.

Note: The app stays open on your phone and does drain the battery relatively quickly so if you need it wait until a time when you can let the battery run down or perhaps plug it in and let the app run.

Will you be taking part?

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